The Theme Of Death In Ode To A Nightingale
His unique representation of mortality and immortality is evident throughout his poems, specifically in Ode to a Nightingale, a poem that he wrote while in deep sorrow. Death became an important topic for him because Keats knew that death was eminent, noting that his own mother died as a result of tuberculosis. It is this emotional and physical hurting that put the poet in despair and in contrast with a happy singing nightingale. As a result of this, Keats was sensitive to the topic of life and death and this is why he described the immortal world. Ode to a Nightingale is one of Keats’s longest odes and is often considered the most personal, with its reflections on death and the stresses of …show more content…
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